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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fabulous cow of enormous size, whose food was patient wives, and which was therefore in very lean condition.


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  • See also bicorne.

    October 1, 2009

  • I think the word was actually coined by Chaucer, and means "meagre cow," so named because it was supposedly all skin and bone, due to scarcity of its food source (good women).

    July 4, 2009

  • I can't help imagining la vache qui rit.

    July 4, 2009

  • Best defense: don't be virtuous.

    July 4, 2009

  • see wiki page for sexist literary antecedents.

    July 3, 2009

  • Oh my heavens, this is an awesome thing.

    March 7, 2007

  • A giant cow that eats virtuous women, according to French myth.

    March 7, 2007